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bei Qaraghaji (Georgia)
It is possible to visit the remains of medieval city-fortress of Khornabuji. In order to reach Khornabuji, you must pass through the narrow forest road, which during summer resembles a natural tunnel. At a certain point the “tunnel” suddenly widens and your attention is drawn toward the 5th century fortress almost grown on the steep cliff. You can park your car on the flat area right below the fortress. Here starts the pedestrian route toward the fortress. From the fortress you can get a fine view of Alazani Valley and eastern Caucasus Mountains. Visitors can have food at the picnic area set up below the fortress and then take cars toward St. Elias Mountain. The pedestrian route starts while climbing the mountain which leads toward the St. Elias Church, built of limestone at an altitude of 45 meters above sea level, on a limestone cliff itself. Presumably the church was built in 6th century, however it was supposedly destroyed in the beginning of 20th Century and its restoration was completed in 2008. To the east from the church you can see Lake Kochebi and Shiraki valley, while to the south you can see Taribana Valley and Kotsakhura mountain range.
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